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James Eddy: Credit-card swipe fees cost everyone dearly, need oversight

“Just like the utility companies that provide electricity, water, and gas to our locations, we have no alternatives when it comes to swipe fees and no choice but to build them into our pricing,” writes James Eddy, a third-generation restaurateur. “The bottom line is that everything is more expensive because of swipe fees — no matter how you pay. It’s time for a change to the system.”


Cityscape: Halloween pop-ups take part in the $7.4 billion holiday

Halloween is one of the fastest-growing consumer holidays with sales expected to hit $7.4 billion this year. More than two-thirds of the 6,332 consumers responding to a Halloween survey by the National Retail Federation in Washington, D.C., said they will purchase costumes, the most in the 11 years the federation has been doing the survey. Temporary Halloween pop-up stores have opened across the metro, offering a variety of costumes and decorations from fake spider webs to giant animated ghouls.

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